Pumpkin Carving 2010

October 29, 2010 By: erik Category: Partying, Photos, Timelapse, USA, Videos 297 views

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Halloween SpiritsIt’s that time of year again, time for wool sweaters and pumpkin carving. Like the previous two years, my friend Andrés hooked us up with a lovely gourd specimen to carve. Nora had a lot of fun with the pumpkin this year. We invited over our four-year-old neighbor, Oscar (who happens to be Andrés’ nephew), to participate in the autumnal festivities. I did get Oscar to put his hand into the pumpkin and feel the slimy innards once, but after that he preferred to play with Nora’s toys, which were all new to him, and watch from afar. He brought over his own little pumpkin to carve too, so Marga got her first carving experience, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Before it was time to start carving, I did some rough sketches to choose a look for my pumpkin this year. After I drew the first one, it looked a little familiar, so I pulled up the blog entry from last year, and doggone if it wasn’t the same exact design as last year. I had to break out of my angry-two-teeth artistic phase and tread on some new ground. I ended up choosing a favorite design of my mother’s, the shifty-eyed jack-o-lantern.

Lobotomy Patient

Lobotomy patient.

Cleaning Pumpkin Innards

Definitely not who you want performing your lobotomy.

Cleaning Pumpkin Innards

The look on Marga’s face here is absolutely perfect!

Went for silly face this year

I went with the happy shifty-eye for 2010.

Mini-Jacko

Marga’s jack-o-lantern was much more sinister.

Oscar and his jack-o-lantern

Oscar acting scared of his pumpkin.

Oscar and Jack-o-lantern

He preferred playing with the finished product more than the actual cleaning and carving. His face was banged up from a fútbol match the day before.

Nora and Oscar Halloween 2010

I got a pretty good series of shots of Oscar and Nora playing with the pumpkins.

Nora and Oscar Halloween 2010

Nora doing her jack-o-lantern face.

Nora and Oscar Halloween 2010

While clearly fascinated by Oscar, Nora didn’t really want to spend any time alone with him. He’s had good practice with his one-month-old sister and was very tender with Nora.

Grim and Happy

Grumpy and Smily.

The Gourdhead Brothers

The Gourdhead Brothers.

Pumpkin Halo

The cool halo shot I discovered last year.

This year I had the idea to use my LED flashlight to do some Tinkerbell lighting.

Halloween Spirits

This is just a 20 second exposure with me moving my LED around inside the pumpkin with my hand.

Halloween Spirits

This might be my favorite one.

Group Portrait

I love the symmetry of this photo, with the three heads and the three orange orbs.

We had a wonderful evening. It was great to have our neighbor over for a couple hours.

Happy Halloween!!

 
  • http://rainypamplona.blogspot.com Mother Theresa

    Dude! Where did you ever find such a big pumpkin?! All I could find were itty bitty ones. I love the look on Marga’s face as Nora is pulling out the pumpkin guts…you caught that at the perfect moment. :D

    Oh, and the video says it’s private and won’t let me watch. I wonder just what you were doing with that pumpkin… ;)

    • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

      Dang! My bad. Shame on the rest of you that didn’t let me know! Should be fixed now.

  • http://www.smattery.com andrea

    We aren’t carving pumpkins this year because I’m lazy/tired, but this post is making me sort of sad that we’re not. Great photos!

  • http://rainypamplona.blogspot.com/ Mother Theresa

    Lol! I love how Nora keeps putting the goop back in as Marga scoops it out. Looks like she is seriously enjoying it…my kids won’t even touch it. Now I’m off to do my own pumpking…much smaller than yours. I have pumpkin envy! ;)

  • http://landofnospice.blogspot.com mondraussie

    That really is one angry looking pumpkin Marga! Great photos.